Computing and Business

The Faculty of Computing and Business provides expertise in the areas of Computing and Business Studies.

This is the most dynamic and rapidly-developing area of the curriculum and our faculty aims to harness the enthusiasm and curiosity of students in these key areas of study which are so relevant to life in the 21st century.

The Faculty of Computing and Business has embraced recent changes to the National Curriculum including the re-branding of ICT to Computing. Students enjoy lessons and the subjects are always popular choices at Key Stage 4.

The Faculty accommodation comprises 4 purpose-built computer rooms and 2 additional teaching classrooms.


 All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are timetabled for a 1-hour lesson per week in Computing. These lessons cover a wide range of topics in line with the recently published National Curriculum for Computing.

Students in Year 7 study the following topics:

Rules for Computer Rooms
Online safety and cyber bullying
ICT Skills
Introduction to Drag-and-Drop Programming in Scratch 
Computer Fundamentals: Hardware and Software
Representation of Data: Sound and Audacity

Students in Year 8 study the following topics:

Further Programming in Scratch (including theory)
Financial Analysis and Family Budgeting with MS Excel
How Computers Work
Creative Website Development

In Year 9 the Faculty is keen to provide students with some meaningful study and experience of areas of the Key Stage 4 curriculum. This is to assist students in making informed choices for their subject options at Key Stage 4.

Students in Year 9 study the following topics:

The MultiApp Project including:

The Marketing Mix
Business Presentations
Using Spread sheets for Business
Viruses: Problems and Solutions
Business Databases and Marketing
Office Skills

Text-based Programming in Python
“Technostores”: What-if? Analysis
Creative Animation
Personal Finance


The Faculty of Computing and Business provides TWO popular courses at Key Stage 4 to accommodate students.

GCSE Business Studies (OCR)

There are 3 components of the GCSE Business Studies course:

Part One: Marketing and Enterprise (A291)
Part Two: Business and People (A292)
Part Three: Production, Finance and the External Business Environment (A293)

Exam board link:

GCSE Computing (OCR)

There are 3 components of the existing GCSE Computing course:

Part One: Computer Systems and Programming (A451)  
Part Two: Practical Investigation (A452)
Part Three: Programming Project (A453)

Exam board link: 

USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Twitter feeds
Computing: @rusheymeadcomp
Business: @rusheymeadbus


The Faculty of Computing and Business provides a number of opportunities outside of normal curriculum time. This includes at various times:

  • After-school study club for Key Stage 4 GCSE Computing
  • Key Stage 3 Computing Study and Homework Club
  • The Student Investor Challenge
  • The Youth Enterprise Tenner Challenge


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